REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 01/06/1933 - HFSID 79694
Sale Price $432.00
RICHARD E. BYRD
The famed polar explorer signs his name on a check for $10.00 to the American Geographical Society
Check signed: "R E Byrd", in black ink, 6¼x2¾. No. 117, drawn on the account of R. E. Byrd at the Farmers & Merchants National Bank & Trust Co., payable to American Geographical Society for $10.00. January 6, 1933. On May 9, 1926, Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) and Floyd Bennett became the first to fly over the North Pole. Both were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Scholars have raised questions about whether or not Byrd actually reached the North Pole but all have agreed Byrd thought he had reached the North Pole. In 1929,Byrd established the "Little America" Antarctica base and flew (indisputably) over the South Pole. He was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his return in 1930. On his Antarctic expeditions in the 1930s, Byrd discovered Marie Byrd Land and the Edsel Ford Mountains. Still exploring in his late 60s, he commanded the Operation High Jump (1946-1947) and Operation Deep Freeze (1955-1956) operations. Ink stamps on verso and front. Slightly toned. Fine condition.
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